If you participate in an activity on the Selawik Refuge for which you need a special use permit, you must submit an application and operational plan to the refuge. There is a $100 administrative fee for issuance of the permit, and in some cases a daily client use fee (based on the type of activity in which you are engaged). The Refuge Manager reviews permit applications to ensure the activity is compatible with the purposes for which the refuge was established and to evaluate its effects on subsistence uses and needs. The manager can stipulate special permit conditions that must be followed.
If your activity requires a special use permit, please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System’s permits page and fill out the appropriate form for the type of permit you need.
These forms may be filled out electronically and then printed, or printed and filled out by hand. Completed applications may be mailed to us, delivered in person at our office, or submitted by fax or email. Please remember, Selawik Refuge has a separate process for issuing its big game guiding/outfitting permit.
The Selawik Refuge accepts permit applications for non-hunting recreational guiding and outfitting, air taxis*, and boat charters* during two periods each year:
January 1 – March 15
October 1 – November 30
Applications must be postmarked by these dates. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and all fees are paid by the closing date. Complete applications received during these time periods will be processed within 30 days of the closing date of the application period. Incomplete applications will be returned after the closing date. Applications received outside of these periods will be processed during the next open period.
*Please note: On the newest Commercial Activities Permit application form, air taxis, boat charters and transporters should check “other” on item 13 and write in their activity type.
The Selawik Refuge accepts permit applications for scientific research, collection, commercial filming and other miscellaneous uses at any time during the year. Permit applications need to be submitted at least 30 days before the requested activity is to begin.
Administrative fees for all special use permits must be paid by a check or money order payable to “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” Payments should be sent with the application to the address below, or mailed separately if your application is submitted via fax or email.
Mailed applications and payments should be sent to:
Selawik National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Deputy Refuge Manager
P. O. Box 270
Kotzebue, AK 99752
You may also fax us your application at (907) 442-3124 or email it (contact us for current e-mail address).
For more information, please contact the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge by phone at (907) 442-3799, toll-free phone at (800) 492-8848, or fax at (907) 442-3124.